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Guarantors Can Do Nothing Unless Cypriots Agree

23 November 2017

North Cyprus News - Former UK Ambassador to Turkey - Richard Moore

There is nothing the guarantor countries, Great Britain, Turkey and Greece can do in Cyprus as long as the two sides on the island do not come to an agreement, the outgoing British Ambassador to Ankara, Richard Moore has said.

Speaking at Ankara’s Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Moore touched on the Cyprus problem.

Responding to a question as to whether or not the UK had a ‘plan B’ for Cyprus, the British Ambassador said that he wanted very much to see a settlement in Cyprus.

We were very close to achieving a settlement in negotiations held in Crans-Montana. Turkey played a very constructive role. Coming to the question as to whether or not we have a plan B, that is not up to us”, he said.

Stressing that it was the Cypriots who needed to decide the future of the island, Moore said that no one should expect the UK to present a plan B.

Our duty and responsibility is to support the progress achieved by the two communities in the process led by the UN. The ultimate decision must belong to the Cypriots. There is nothing the guarantor countries Great Britain, Turkey and Greece can do in Cyprus as long as the two sides do not reach to an agreement”, he said.

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